I played on Slothninja's site and couldn't believe that 1) the original run was only 500 copies, and 2) they had trouble selling that out. Hopefully the Kickstarter reprint will be maxed out so the game will come all tricked out - a game this good with a theme this good deserves to have all the pieces and art work go the extra mile.
The second run that you're talking about was either 300 or 500 copies, and has wonderful art already, which is why it is going to be reused. I'm not sold on more complex pieces, to be honest. The original white-box edition is more of a historical artifact.